Assignment Record– Rev. John J. Gallagher, O.S.A.

Summary of Case: A priest of the Augustinian order, Gallagher was named in a 2005 lawsuit as having sexually abusing a girl at St. Mary's in Lawrence, MA between 1972 and 1978. In July 2018 the Augustinians settled with three were women who claimed Gallagher abused them as girls at St. Mary's, when they were between the ages of 9 and 12.

: 1945
Died: December 12, 2006


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Baltimore-Washington archbishop was Michael Joseph Curley (1921-1947). The diocese split in 1947. Washington D.C.archbishop was Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1947-1973).

1948 Augustinian College Brookland Washington D.C. This was the motherhouse of the Augustinian Order in the United States.


Philadelphia archbishop was Dennis Joseph Dougherty (1918-1951).

1951 Augustinian Monastery Villanova PA    


Dougherty was succeeded by John Francis O'Hara, C.S.C. (1951-1960).

1953 Villanova College Villanova PA Board of Student Counsellors  
1953 1956 Archbishop Prendergast High School for Boys Drexel Hill PA 6/12, 6/19, 7/23 School had 600-
1, 610 students.


New York Archbishop was Francis Joseph Spellman (1939-1967).

1965 St. Nicholas of Tolentine New York NY 5/8, 9/11, 9/12, 10/14, 7/18

Parish had a grade school with 503-820 boys and 715-814 girls, and a high school with 228-303 boys and 314-373 girls.

The 1963 Directory indexes but does not list Gallagher in the New York archdiocesan pages as at St. Nicholas of Tolentine.

1956 1958 Sisters of St. Dominic Convent New York NY   This was a chapel of St. Nicholas of Tolentine in New York.
1956 1958 Christian Brothers New York NY    
1958 1965 Our Mother of Good Counsel Convent New York NY    
1963 1965 Convent of St. Nicholas of Tolentine New York NY    


Philadelphia archbishop was John Joseph Krol (1961-1988).

1966 Monsignor Bonner High School Drexel PA    


Miami bishop/archbishop was Coleman Francis Carroll (1958-1977).

1968 Biscayne College (Men) Miami FL 6/11, 5/13 College had 333-360 students.


Boston archbishop was Richard James Cushing (1944-1970).

1970 Merrimack College North Andover MA 24/24 The 1970 Directory indexes but does not list Gallagher as at Merrimack College.


Albany bishop was Edwin Bernard Broderick (1969-1976).

1971 Immaculate Conception

Hoosick Falls NY 2/3 Parish had a grade school with 235 students, and a high school with 135 students.


Boston archbishop was Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1970-1983).

1979 St. Mary's


Gallagher was accused in a 2005 lawsuit of having sexually abused a girl at this parish between 1972-1978.

In July 2018 the Augustinians settled with three women who said Gallagher sexually abused them in the 1970s at St. Mary's when they were between 9 and 11 years old.

MA 6/7, 5/7, 6/8, 6/9 Parish had a grade school with 315-208 students, and a high school with 604-457 girls.
1971 1979 Immaculate Conception Lawrence MA   This was a mission of St. Mary's.
1979 1986         Gallagher is not indexed in the 1980 through 1986 Directories.


Krol was replaced as Philadelphia archbishop by Anthony Joseph Bevilacqua (1987-2003), followed by Justin Francis Rigali (2003-2011).

2006 St. Thomas Monastery Villanova PA  



Gallagher died Dec. 12, 2006

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Sources: Official Catholic Directory (New York: P.J. Kenedy and Sons, 1946-2006)

Rev. John Joseph Gallagher, OSA, Stretch Funeral Home, December 15, 2006
JOHN DOE Nos 30 - 68 and MARY ROE Nos 6 - 8 v Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, December 31, 2007
Letter to Dr. Mary Jane Doherty, Chairperson of the Archdiocese of Boston Review Board, July 27, 2011
Mass. Group Discloses New Names of Accused Priests, By Jay Lindsay, Boston Globe, July 28, 2011
Catholic Order Pays $1m Settlement to 8 Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse Dating Back Decades, Boston Globe, July 17, 2018

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This assignment record was last updated on November 25, 2019.


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